Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Barcelona, 2011

HRT: Karthikeyan suffers “unbearable pain” in race

2011 Spanish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Narain Karthikeyan finished the Spanish Grand Prix with a burnt back.

In practice HRT looked at risk of failing to qualify as they were often more than 7% slower than the quickest driver.

Both drivers made it into the race but would have been in trouble had McLaren or Red Bull chosen to use soft tyres in Q1.

Narain Karthikeyan Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 22 21
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’27.908 (+0.099) 1’27.809
Race position 21
Laps 61/66 28/66
Pit stops 3 1

HRT drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61
Narain Karthikeyan 108.183 96.537 96.01 95.697 95.293 97.073 95.581 95.757 95.215 95.368 96.244 96.932 96.338 102.71 117.328 94.425 94.924 95.434 94.591 98.738 94.459 94.269 95.896 97.41 96.444 98.002 100.526 103.39 119.895 94.776 93.861 93.639 92.848 94.534 97.005 94.523 94.896 95.721 93.732 96.245 97.364 96.971 96.142 96.358 96.294 97.852 103.332 116.984 100.289 99.056 94.902 95.23 96.604 97.627 94.123 94.169 94.574 94.454 96.037 95.563 96.257
Vitantonio Liuzzi 106.737 96.641 96.013 95.448 95.208 95.01 95.231 96.627 95.1 95.092 94.931 95.132 95.039 94.934 95.966 98.511 114.148 94.115 95.071 95.481 94.594 93.884 94.269 94.56 96.364 95.577 95.601 95.262
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Barcelona, 2011
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Barcelona, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan

Karthikeyan said he was in pain throughout the Spanish Grand Prix:

“It was a very hard race. The tyres were degrading a lot, especially the rear ones making it very difficult to drive. The first few laps were all right but then the rear started giving me a lot of problems.

“I also had some trouble with my seat, I burnt my back and at times the pain was unbearable. The positive aspect was that I finished the race although we didn?t get much out of it.”

Narain Karthikeyan 2011 form guide

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Made a good start to pass Timo Glock. Felt he could have kept the fight up had he not had to retire with a gearbox problem:

“After the first pit stop, with the second set of tyres we lost some grip in the rear just like in qualifying. I also started feeling issues with the upshift, it was getting worse and worse and eventually had to stop.

“We have to investigate why this happened but it?s still too early to say what the reason was. It?s a real shame because without this issue we could?ve had better pace for the second stint and fight with the Virgins until the end.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2011 form guide

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